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Proto-Tungus-Manchu: *kis-k-
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: 1 to touch, stroke, sharpen (a knife) 2 tongs, vice
Russian meaning: 1 касаться, тереться, точить (нож) 2 клещи, тиски
Evenki: kiski 2
Literary Manchu: xisχa- 1
Nanai: kiskiẽ (Он.) 2
Comments: ТМС 1, 399, 466. The Evk. and Nan. forms are considered to be < Russ. тиски, which cannot be excluded; but the Man. form is no doubt genuine.

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